modified Wingo Porter flies with DV camcorder
Saturday afternoon, packed plane and went to the Amphiwiese for a couple of flights.
First 2 flights with the FinePix F402 pointing down at the back -
I got lots of details of stuff I was not interested. The first 4 pictures are from
the FinePix, the rest are taken from the video.
Flying the FinePix went well, so I took the DV camcorder and loaded it on the plane looking
out at the back.
The first flight with 7 cells was just a 6min struggle for height - I did not bring the plane
up higher than about 50m, so I quit and landed to try with the 8cell pack.
With this pack the plane went up fine and after 2 sharpish turns on the field I was high enought
to fly about.
The video I brought down shows various things:
with the 8cells the plane was pulling up fine. After about 100m speeding up low I pulled up for a 180degree turn. Back to
where I came from I had to do another 180degree turn to avoid the tree around the amphitheatre, then
I had enough hight to leave the field.
The interferences at the beginning make it look a bit like
one of those Apollo launch videos.
Start video 20secs 4.6MB
low bandwidth start 2.7MB
not a full 360 degree turn, but almost.
starting looking south south west with the University
of applied sciences, turning right over the Convent Church
then the whole of Windisch
Panorama video 2.3MB
- Amphitheatre 4.1MB
official location map
- Power Loss
at the end of the flight the controlled decided that there is not enough battery power
to run the motor. So there I was, like 15m above ground and heading for trees - power off 1MB
sometimes the camera just replays black and white and a very blurred
picture - I thought with DV video there's either a near perfect picture or nothing at all
I never had anything like these 'interferences' before and I hope it does not indicate
that the camera is going to fail completely soon
640x480 8min 53MB
Full Video small
320x240 8min 20MB
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